They’re all dressed up and finally have somewhere to go.
Amid COVID-19 cases rising nationwide, Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium is
voluntarily closing through the rest of the year.
The flightless seabirds got to take an unprecedented trip to the city’s Soldier Field,
home to the Chicago Bears and the city’s soccer team, the Chicago Fire.
The stadium is currently open to human fans on a limited basis.
“Just in time for the height of fall football season, Da Penguins visited our neighbor,”
the aquarium tweeted, alongside footage of four black-and-white birds storming the field
and locker rooms.
Penguins Izzy and Darwin, a bonded pair of Magellanic penguins,
have been having a very active pandemic,
having previously visited Chicago’s Field Museum and Museum of Contemporary Art.
The other penguins, Tombo and Charlotte, were new to the COVID field-tripping experience.
Still other tuxedo birds have gone on more local adventures,
exploring their closed-to-visitors home turf and checking in on other aquarium residents.
Those neighbors have also stayed busing during the pandemic:
There has been a baby boom of whales and dolphins in the past few months.
For those curious to hear firsthand what the penguins thought of the experience,
the Shedd is currently offering virtual penguin encounters.
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